Already a winner at this Festival, Jamie Codd returns to the fray for what has been his most fruitful race. The amateur has won this four times in the past 11 years and teams up again with Le Breuil, on whom he won the National Hunt Chase last year. He hasn’t won this season but that was also true for nine of the last 12 Kim Muir winners.
Deise Aba is probably ahead of the handicapper, following his Sandown win on just his fourth start over fences, though whether he is quite quick enough for this is open to question. Fingerontheswitch is having a grand season but is flying up the weights in consequence.
Fitzhenry is a JP McManus horse who looks nicely treated on the best of his form, like his Troytown second. Champagne Platinum is a JP/Nicky Henderson horse who stayed on well at the end of the Scilly Isles to be third. He surely has more to offer and cheekpieces first time may get it out of him, along with the crack amateur Derek O’Connor.